From wildlife

Can we stop the relentless spread of Bd, the infamous frog-killing-fungus?

Early this month an article in National Geographic prompted me to re-publish one of my first posts about the amphibian extinction crisis.  The article titled Ground Zero of ‘Amphibian’ Apocalypse Finally Found summarizes a research article published in Science in early May.  The research article Recent Asian Origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines,…

Part II: Nuts About Hornbills: What’s So Special About Them?

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” -William Blake There are many fascinating things about these amazingly weird looking birds; a couple of them are pretty obvious their colorful and in some species huge casques and large bills. The other one, which is not so obvious, but very interesting, is…

Nuts About Hornbills: A Fascinating Evolutionary Story

The extraordinary habit of the male, in plastering up the female with her egg, and feeding her during the whole time of incubation, and until the young one is fledged, is common to several of the large hornbills, and is one of those strange facts in natural history which are “stranger than fiction.” -Alfred Russel…

Much Ado About Puffins

“Seabirds are ideal symbols for ocean conservation… Because they live in a variety of habitats-including oceans, islands, estuaries and beaches-they can show visitors how all coastal life is connected and spark new interest in coastal conservation. Long-term conservation success hinges on public understanding and community support.” – Stephen Kress They look like cartoon characters taken…

The Mighty Elephant, the Real King of the Savanna

“The premature elimination of elephants over much of their range represents one of the most wasteful mammalian tragedies of the century” -Iain Douglas-Hamilton, 1987 I’m closing these series of posts exactly one year after my unforgettable trip to the Masai Mara,  and for the end I left the best, my absolute favorite animal, the sweet…

Giraffes The Gorgeous Blondes of the African Savanna

Watching a giraffe is like walking in New York or Chicago while looking in awe at those magnificent skyscrapers, but like skyscrapers against a bright sky, giraffes can be very tricky to photograph. They are too tall!! -P.C Giraffes are the tallest living animals on our planet, and their amazing height, combined with their peculiar…

From Dik-Dik to Eland, there is an Antelope for Everything

“One of the most impressive aspects of the African wildlife experience is the presence of up to a dozen different antelopes in the same area. Yet it was by taking measures to minimize competition by becoming different species that such a diverse array of antelopes came to exist in the first place.” -Robert D. Estes,…